In tribute, city exporter sculpts Jackson in stone
Chennai: What if Michael Jackson weighed just eight stones (51 kg) at his death, a citybased granite exporter has decided to pay a colossal tribute to the king of pop. RC Golden Granites managing director R Chandrasekaran is ready with a 12-ft statue of Jackson weighing 3.5 tonnes, sculpted out of a single black granite stone.
The statue may find a place in Jacksonâ€™s estate in California, if his family accepts Chandrasekaranâ€™s offer. â€œSix craftsmen worked round the clock for 45 days to finish the statue at our workshop in Kancheepuram,â€ said Chandrasekaran. â€œItâ€™s a personal tribute to the greatest pop singer of ourÂ times. Jackson may have left the stage, but he will live on in our hearts for ever.â€
Chandrasekaranâ€™s company specialises in monuments and the tag line of his brochure reads: â€˜Keeping the globe from getting warmer is everybodyâ€™s concern; keeping the souls of the departed is our sole concern.â€™
â€œIâ€™ve written to Jacksonâ€™s family expressing my desire to gift the statue. I am waiting for a reply from them. I will bear the shipping expenses, which will come to about $2,500,â€™â€™ Chandrasekaran said. A music lover, he also plans to sculpt a statue of music maestro AR Rahman.
The biggest challenge, he says, was chiselling Jacksonâ€™s face, since none of the sculptors had seen him in real life. From several photographs collected from the internet, the artists created a bust of Jackson using plaster of Paris before getting down to work on the real thing. They also watched Jacksonâ€™s all-time hit â€˜Beat itâ€™ to get a hang of the pop kingâ€™s postures.
As black granite is brittle, the work was a test of patience, diligence and skill. â€œHis eyes were the most challenging as we wanted the statue to be expressive,â€ Chandrasekaran said.
The statue drew crowds at the ninth International Granites & Stone Fair held in Bangalore last week.
The firm, which exports granite sculptures to Europe, had earlier carved a skeleton in black and white granite last year in aid of the campaign against smoking at Nirman Bhavan in New Delhi.
Source : Times Of India